Friday 2.6.15: News to Know

/ Feb 6, 2015

Digital video industry news today

Shout Factory Launches Streaming Service for Cult Films, TV Shows, and Originals

Distributor Shout Factory is jumping into the direct-to-consumer streaming game by launching an ad-supported video service that will offer a curated selection of cult films, TV shows, and original web series and specials from its library.




Opinions & Analysis

Are media companies building another house of cards on SnapChat?

If there’s an “It Girl” in the online-media space right now — a single company that sums up the current landscape, for better or worse — it would have to be SnapChat. The four-year-old company is the platform everyone wants to be seen with, whether it’s Vice Media using it to post a 10-minute documentary on Bitcoin, or Madonna featuring a video from her new album.



For Twitch (And Others in eSports), the Next Challenge Is Getting Mom and Dad to Watch

The global audience for video games streamed online on sites like Twitch is still growing fast, and a big chunk of that growth is widely attributed to eSports — competitive games organized and played at a professional level.



The Future of Online Sports Viewing Is Bright for Both Fans and Marketers

Web viewers see 66% more ads. Television, the long-dominant medium for sports consumption, is quickly losing ground as audiences everywhere turn to computers, phones, tablets and streaming set-top boxes to watch their favorite games online.



Why Gamers Are Ignoring Pewdiepie On Nintendo

When Nintendo recently agreed to allow YouTube creators to use their content via a partnership program, it was a big move for the company, but not big enough for some of YouTube’s top names. No less of an authority than Felix Pewdiepie called out the iconic game maker for shortchanging YouTubers.

New Media Rockstars

Deals & Signings

EXCLUSIVE: First Project from What’s Trending and Marriott Development Deal Emerges

This past weekend, Marriott Content Studio and What’s Trending released their first co-production featuring YouTube talent, including Jeana from PrankVsPrank, Louis Cole (FunForLouis), Tom from TheSyndicateProject, Steve Zaragoza from SourceFed, and Meghan Camarena (Strawburry17), as they live out their bucket list items in cities like New York City, Shanghai, and San Francisco.



Danny Zappin’s Zealot Networks Buys JB Smoove’s Talent Firm

Zealot Networks, the digital media startup founded by former Maker Studios CEO Danny Zappin, has acquired Converge Media Group, a New York-based talent management firm co-founded by comedian JB Smoove.




FilmNation Sets Raft Of Offshore Output Deals For Open Road – Berlin

Glen Basner’s FilmNation Entertainment has sealed a batch of multi-year output deals with international distributors to cover titles that Open Road produces or acquires for the world. This follows the November hook-up of the companies for FilmNation to sell and service all Open Road productions and international acquisitions. Today’s move guarantees distribution in more than 15 territories including the UK, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Spain, Canada, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Latin America, the Middle East, Greece, Turkey, India, South Africa and Iceland.

Deadline Hollywood

Streaming Video News

CNE Names Claudia Sulewski ‘Host’ of Teen Vogue’s Video Channel

Conde Nast Entertainment is now naming “hosts” for its YouTube channels — starting with teen beauty star Claudia Sulewski — as the company continues to expand its relationships with the YouTube creator community.


Netflix Orders Musical Series from Baz Luhrmann

Netflix has ordered a musical series from Baz Luhrmann to premiere on the streaming service in 2016. Called “The Get Down,” it takes place in New York City in the 1970s and focuses the music scene, one that exploded as the city faced particularly tough economic times.



FOX And MLB In Talks That Could See Nearly 40% Of All Streamed Game Broadcasts Blackout Free

In a move that could affect nearly 40 percent of all broadcasts during the regular season, Major League Baseball and FOX have been in discussions that would see streamed games from FOX regional sports networks without any blackouts.



Hey Kids, Restream Lets You Stream Your Gaming Sessions To Multiple Video Sites At Once

I don’t pretend to get the whole streaming of people playing video games thing — I’d rather watch a tour of Twitch’s HQ than watch Twitch itself — but apparently it’s something the kids are increasingly down with. That probably explains why Amazon paid nearly $1 billion to acquire the largest video game streaming site on the planet.



Netflix, Amazon Have Arrived in Hollywood: Ben Silverman

Electus Founder Ben Silverman discusses the move to streaming video services by television and movie producers. He speaks on “Market Makers.”


Bruce Gersh Named Head of Digital at ITV Studios America

Former FishBowl Worldwide Media president and CEO Bruce Gersh has been hired by ITV Studios America as its new executive vice president and head of digital, strategy, and branded entertainment, a new role at the production studio.



These are the 11 hottest tech startups in Brooklyn

Brooklyn isn’t just for hipsters anymore. Manhattan may be known as New York City’s Silicon Alley, but Brooklyn — its neighbor to the east — is buzzing with startups too.

Business Insider


Amy Pascal’s exit hints at new script for Sony

Amy Pascal, long considered one of the most powerful women in Hollywood — and a throwback to old-school moviemaking — is stepping down from her co-chair job at Sony Pictures Entertainment in the wake of the devastating cyberattack that crippled the studio.

LA Times

AP News

Deadline Hollywood

Chat App Line’s Latest Experiment Is A YouTube-Like Video Service

Messaging app company Line continues to build out its business beyond its core chat service after it launched a YouTube-like video service in Thailand. The company, which claims 181 million active users worldwide, is evaluating plans to introduce similar services in other markets.



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